A reader emailed me and asked for suggestions for a church website — where do you go for good web design if you have a very limited budget (church of 25 members)? What needs to be on the site?
Where to find good software?
I have no idea — especially if you’re on a budget and don’t have a member who is great at HTML coding. Please — any suggestions?
What to put on the site?
Ah … on this I have opinions!
For visitors — times of services and other events, map to church, phone numbers and email contacts (it’s astonishing how many websites omit the phone number!)
For members — calendar of upcoming events, password protected page of prayer requests and member pictures and contact info.
I’m ambivalent on “statements of faith” or “what we believe.”
And I’m not too sure about mission statements that list Rick Warren’s “five purposes of the church.” I think half the churches in Tuscaloosa have that or the equivalent.
Better to very succinctly explain why you exist as a congregation — why you’ll be missed if you go out of business. I mean, every website says, “We’re friendly. Come visit!” Wouldn’t “Come serve the Tuscaloosa community with us” be better? It’d at least be different!
Anyway, I’m hoping for suggestions from the readers. This is my fifth post to write tonight and I’m really tired of typing. You all will have to finish this one.